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“It is always so, every pleasure comes exactly half an hour too late — Life! Life!”
“I did not come here to talk poetry and discontent, some people think them synonymous.”
“... what are we all sent into the world for, but to be of use to each other?”
“There is nothing so catching as refinement.”
“Why is it that fools always have the instinct to hunt out the unpleasant secrets of life, and the hardiness to mention them?”
“... what a fine quality, what an absolute virtue Tact is. Lady Portmore never had a grain of it — a misfortune that fell more heavily on her friends than on herself.”
“Nothing is too bad to be true, Mr. Douglas, and nothing is true that is not bad. Those are two axioms I never can persuade you to remember ...”
Emily Eden, English writer
(1797 - 1869)